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2022 Update on Daily Posts

One of my goals for 2021 was to write an article each day exploring deeper topics of American horology. I examined stories that intrigued me, identified key figures that are often overlooked, and surprisingly fell into deep studies I thought I would only briefly cover for a few days. Hopefully, I was able to relay these stories effectively to you and bring a new appreciation for the products and histories of the mostly-forgotten American watch companies. I learned a lot and hope you did as well. I achieved my goal of posting an article every day in 2021... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 weeks ago


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Private Label Trade Names on American Pocket Watches: The Non-Magnetic Watch Company: Part 47: The Badollet Model Design Patent

Pictured: “Watch Bridge” U.S. Patent #D18722 In a move that was rather uncommon for watch manufacturers at the time, the Non-Magnetic Watch Company of America applied for a design patent to cover the plate design used for the Badollet Model movements. On September 10, 1888, Charles Willis Ward submitted an application for a United States patent, describing the movement plate profiles in detail. This design patent was granted on November 6, 1888, offering protection from other enterprises aiming to replicate the model design. Interestingly, the day following the patent’s issue, Ward submitted another application, aiming to protect the same model design with a unified train bridge. This patent was also quickly granted to Ward on December 18, 1888... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 weeks ago


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Private Label Trade Names on American Pocket Watches: The Non-Magnetic Watch Company: Part 46: Inside The Badollet Model: Closeup of the Palladium Alloy Compensation Balance

Pictured: Closeup of the Bi-Metallic Palladium Alloy Balance Patented by Paillard, From a Grade No. 73 Non-Magnetic Watch Co. of America Movement, #65426 On March 8, 1887, Charles-Auguste Paillard was granted a patent for his palladium alloy compensation balance. At the time, conventional compensation balances were constructed of steel and brass, allowing for controlled expansion and contraction during temperature changes, precisely adapting the oscillation rate to compensate for metal dilation.  The patent application specified Paillard’s intent for the new balance: “The object of my invention is to produce a bi-metallic compensation-balance which will not be subject to magnetic and climatic influences to heat or cold, nor affected by or subject to rust or corrosion - in other words, a compensation-balance practically, if not entirely, non-magnetic, inoxidizable, and non-dilatable.” Paillard suggested that the bi-metallic balance be constructed with a palladium alloy for the inner ⅓ portion of the rim and silver or another palladium alloy for the ⅔ outer rim. In the article published by Edwin J... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 weeks ago



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Serial No.: #548926
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:999
Size:18s
Model:
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1907
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Serial No.: #17754781
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 210
Size:12s
Model:1894
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1909
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Serial No.: #10053415
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:Maximus
Size:0s
Model:1900
Jewels:19j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1900
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Serial No.: #800048
Manufacturer:Swiss Generic
Grade:
Size:3/0s
Model:
Jewels:7j or 11j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:
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Serial No.: #52
Manufacturer:J.P. Stevens Watch Co.
Grade:
Size:16s
Model:
Jewels:11j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1882-1887
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Serial No.: #1302558
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:6
Size:18s
Model:4
Jewels:7j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Gilt
Est. Date:1884
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Serial No.: #2477418
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:992
Size:16s
Model:2
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1927
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Serial No.: #4317735
Manufacturer:Illinois
Grade:107
Size:16s
Model:9
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1923
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Serial No.: #15327662
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 620
Size:16s
Model:1899
Jewels:15j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1906
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